Angelique / by Maranie Staab

I met Angelique last year on the first evening I spent in the Northside neighborhood of Syracuse. It was my first month in a new city and I was curious to learn more about the city’s significant refugee population.

Nearly a year later I’m continuing to return to this neighborhood and others throughout the city with what has become a focus on the vast and varied experiences of women and girls who’ve been resettled to Syracuse.

Intimidated by its scope I’ve been challenged this semester as I attempt to navigate these communities and connect with those willing to share with me. It’s something I don’t know one could ever call “complete” but I’m grateful to those I’ve met and what I’ve learned through their experiences.